Governor Babagana Zulum Governor of Borno State, Northeast Nigeria, has condemned the attack on Magumeri General Hospital but stressed that the action would not hinder his administration’s reconstruction and the resettlement efforts.
The governor spoke when he paid a sympathy visit to Magumeri, the headquarters of Magumeri Local Government Area of on Thursday.
He directed the Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Mr Mustapha Gubio, to immediately start rebiilding the hospital as health care delivery remained one of the cardinal objectives of his administration.
He appealled to moderate elements among Boko Haram insurgents to sheath their sword and embrace peace.
Zulum urged the people to be security concious and report any criminally minded elements in their midst to the appropriate security agencies for prompt action.
The governor discouraged the people from fleeing from their homes to live in Internally Displaced Persons camps as life in such places was not the best but to remain in their localities to continue with their farming and other activities.
He promised to facilitate the deployment of more security operatives to the area to protect the people from future attacks.
Magumeri, the headquarters of Magumeri Local Government, near Maiduguri, the state capital, came under insurgency attack last week and the only functioning General Hospital was completely burnt down.
On arrival at the General Hospital, Magumeri, the governor was received and conducted round by the Chief Nursing Officer, Alhaji Sambo Bukar.
Bukar said that the insurgents came around 4p.m. and carted away some vital hospital equipment before setting the entire structure ablaze .
He said the administration block , pharmacy, laborotary, outpatient department, wards, among others, were not speared by the insurgents
He said that in addition, the attackers destroyed new hospital equipment supplied to the hospital by the state government.
Bukar noted that the hospital was the only functional health facility in the area and served people from Gubio and Kareto in Damasak Local Government Area in addition to people of Magumeri and neighbouring communities.
A resident of the area, Babagana Goni Kunduli, called for the deployment of more security personnel to the area and support for local security outfits.
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